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[pyoo-suh-luh-nim-i-tee] /ˌpyu sə ləˈnɪm ɪ ti/
the state or condition of being pusillanimous; timidity; cowardliness.
Origin of pusillanimity
1350-1400; Middle English < Late Latin pusillanimitās. See pusillanimous, -ity Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • And therefore much laughter at the defects of others is a sign of pusillanimity.
  • He afterwards reproached himself as guilty of pusillanimity.
  • Their example wonderfully inspires us with resolution, and silences all the pretexts of pusillanimity.
  • pusillanimity is fear following on the heels of fright like an attendant.
Word Origin and History for pusillanimity

late 14c., from Middle French pusillanimité (14c.), from Church Latin pusillanimitatem (nominative pusillanimitas) "faintheartedness," from Latin pusillanimis "fainthearted, having little courage" (see pusillanimous).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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